Christian Drouin VSOP Calvados, Pays d’Auge

The Data

Category   Brandy

Sub-Category   Calvados, Pays d’Auge

Origion   Normandy

Retail Price   $84.99

ABV   40%

In the Glass

Appearance

Brilliant bronze color with hints of red.

Aromatics

The aromatics are full and rich opening with baked apples supported by loads of brown spices with hints of candied ginger, cinnamon, honey comb, cocoa nibs, dried autumn leaves, and white pepper.

Flavor

The palate agrees with rich and drier notes rising to meet the fruit-driven core with flanking notes of mineral, salinity, and rich wine cask accents.

Intensity & Texture

Medium to full-bodied offering great density – being assertive while delicate with long, trailing fruit and spice notes.

Cool Factor

A

It's impossible for me to give any Christian Drouin product anything less that an "A" for cool as these represent some of the finest spirits the world has to offer. This is far more than the typical VSOP.

Value Grade

C+

These handcrafted spirits from Christian Drouin are not cheap but how could they be? Every offering is well worth the asking price.

Analysis

This beautiful specimen is made of a blend of Calvados aged 5 to 12 years. Ninety percent of maturation takes place in ex-Bordeaux casks. The remaining 10 percent is matured in ex-Port, ex-Sherry, and ex-Banyuls casks. The classic double distillation is employed here. No pears are in the blend that is comprised of 30 different apple varieties. This lovely Calvados shows the mastery of blending found at Christian Drouin.

How to Enjoy

Sip neat in a brandy glass after dinner or perhaps after the work day.

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